A genuine Irish oasis in Bangkok
Pattaya is blessed like the Blarney Stone with enough faux Irish-themed restaurants and bars to start its own Gaelic football league. So it may seem like taking leprechauns to Cork to suggest visitors from our seaside resort should put The Dubliner on a list of places to visit, and even stay, when in Bangkok.
Well, that’s exactly what we are suggesting because The Dubliner is one of the few Irish-themed pubs, restaurants and hotels which was started and is still run by natives of Ireland. And if they can’t work out how to run an Irish pub then it stands to reason no else could.
Located in the heart of the Sukhumvit expat and tourist nightlife area, and only a minute’s walk from the BTS station at Prom Pong, The Dubliner really does have it all, and operates in such a way that it has plenty of repeat business, always the sign of a well-run establishment.
The fact it’s been going strong since May 2000 and has even gained strength since moving to its present location in Soi 33/1 in November last year is proof positive of its local appeal.
If you’re going to spend a night or two in Bangkok and are with the family, it’s worth booking one of their 15 deluxe rooms or maybe one of their three suites. All are accessed by way of a private elevator so you don’t have to traipse the troops through the bar scrum if you don’t want to.
Even better, room service is available 24/7, something that’s not always available in many sleeping palaces in Bangkok or elsewhere.
The quality and range of their food may well be described as essentially pub grub, but it’s good, hale and hearty and a great stomach liner for those who are going to make it a night out at The Dubliner.
The deluxe rooms come with king-size beds, an in-room safe, multi-channel cable TV, and high-speed wireless Internet. The suites have all of the former but with larger TV’s and bigger bathrooms, so they’re especially suitable for families.
Sport, of course, is always a big deal with the Irish, especially rugby union and the bar has enough TV’s to show whatever sport or major event is taking place at that time from around the world.
Offering Irish Stout and real Irish Coffee are two other reasons why The Dubliner should be placed on the must visit list by anyone coming from Pattaya.
With live Irish music most nights of the week, the atmosphere is unlike any other place in Bangkok, or, really, anywhere else in Thailand for that matter.